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Bangalore Football Stadium, Bangalore
17th August 2014, 15.30 IST

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 FT : India U-23  1  –  0  Pakistan U-23

94′ : Thats it ! Final Whistle. Relief for team India as they almost blew it up in the end but somehow survived the Pakistani onslaught.

93′ : The full time whistle cannot come quickly enough for the ten men Indian team.

91 ‘ : MISSES BY A WHISKER – Indian defense goes to sleep , long cross from the right flank for Pakistan and as Kaleem Ulah stretches to reach the ball but the ball goes through couple of Indian defenders and a  blinded Amrinder Singh as well as just past the post. 

89′ : Four minutes of added time. Closing stages now , not long left

87′ : Its been all Pakistan in the last few minutes here. Indian defense looks to have lost its posture and the number game seems to affect India here at the very end.

85′ : CROSSBAR ! – Corner for Pakistan and the header rebounds from the crossbar .

83′ : WHAT AN ATTEMPT ! – Muhammed Riaz gets a long ball on the right and takes it on the volley beats the diving Amrinder and the post too !

81′ : WHAT A MISS ! – Kaleem Ulah breaks the off side trap and is free into the box , needs to just beat Amrinder but chooses to hit wide. What a missed opportunity for Pakistan to equalize

79′ : Does not look like India is playing with 10 players , not to disregard Robin Singh , but India has maintained the momentum and possession.

77′ : GREAT INTERCEPTION – Narayn Das to Ralte who places it into the six yard box as Selminlken Doungel waits but is well intercepted by Muhammed Bilal. 

75′ : YELLOW CARD – Back to back tackles on Sunil Chettri means Muhammed Ahmed gets a caution.

73′ : IND SUB : Sandesh Jhingan (OUT) , Shankar (IN)

71 ‘ : Sunil now to Narayn Das who cuts it back for Ralte into the box but the first touch shot was not accurate 

69′ : SECOND YELLOW CARD : Oh no Robin Singh not again . This is pathetic for senior player like him. Bit harsh though as a similar kind of off the ball incidence gets India down to 10 men  

67′ : Doungel on the right wing crosses in for Sunil who is blocked and the ball is for Nabdar Dessai just outside the box but hits high and wide   

65′ : Good build up by Pakistan as Kaleem Ulha moves into the box but is intercepted by Narayan Das.

63′ : SUB IND – Selminlen Doungel (IN) , Francisco Fernandes (OUT)

61′ : Yet another corner for India but is cleared. Now Sunil with another half chance but shot high and wide should have chosen Francisco on his right.

59′ : NICE MOVE – Ralte to Sunil now to Robin who does a one tow with SUnil who is now on goal and toes the ball to the keepers near post as Muzammil Hussain puts it out for a corner

57′ : Sandesh to Narayn Das who puts in a brilliant through ball for Sunil 

55′ : SUB PAK : Mansoor Khan (IN)

53′ : Pritam Kotal and Pronoy Halder doing their defensive duties pretty elegantly. Nabdar Dessai has been good so far . Lot of midfield action as aimless long shots from both sides barely make a point to comment on !

51′ : SUB PAK : Sher Ali (IN) , Abdul Salam (OUT) 

49′ : WHAT A SAVE ! Amrinder with a diving stop as Kaleem Ulha heads from Hussain cross.

47′ : Good start and build up play by Pakistan , just as they did it in the first half as Kaleem Ulha and co get back to back attempts on goal.

45′ : India begin the second half from left to right. Amazing atmosphere in the stadium with a decent crowd and constant vocal support

HT : India U-23  1  –  0  Pakistan U-23

45′ + 2 : Very much into the extra time of the first half and it looks like India have found their rhythm as a couple of on target attempts and a goal as against Pakistan who have had a few half chances only.

India U-23  1  –  0  Pakistan U-23

45′ ; GOOOOOAAAAAAALLL – Ralte takes a corner and Robin Singh places it into the nets with a pin point header which had hit the post first but went in as Sandesh and Sunil latched on  

44′ : GOAL LINE CLEARANCE – Pakistan on a counter attack and a scrabble in the Indian box but is somehow cleared off the line

42′ : GOOD MOVE – Sunil into the box in blocked by two defenders , ball is with Dessai who sets it up for Francisco right outside the box but Francisco tries to place it instead of taking a power shot and is blocked.

40′ : Desai gets pass three Pakistani defenders on the left wing and delivers a good cross but is well anticipated by the keeper.

38′ : Yet another opportunity for India as a long throw gets Sunil Chettri in action again

36′ : Narayan Das with a long curling cross is put away by Muzammil Hussain but the ball is for Sunil Chettri to bury as the goal keeper is out of position but Sunil’s shot is deflected. 

34′ : Corner for India taken by Dessai but fisted away by the Pakistani Goalkeeper

32′ : Hussain with a shot of target  but the freedom which the Pakistani forward had to move is alarming for India

30′ : India’s back four look a bit shaky as Sandesh Jhingam and Joyner struggke a bit to combine in central defense.

28′ : YELLOW CARD – Robin Singh gets an avoidable card as he kicks the ball on stoppage.

26′ : India is playing too direct a game with Robin Sing being the sole target for long balls. 

24′ : GREAT SAVE ! Sunil to Robin who is now inside the box cuts it back for Francisco Fernandes and Ralte with a shot on target but a fantastic save by Muzammil Hussain

22′ : Indians have control of the ball here but are unable to make anything of it. Pakistan look to rely on counters

20′ : Even stevens now as we enter the middle of first half. The opening exchanges til now have been pretty end to end.

18′ : Faisal Iqbal is by far the most energetic player on the pitch with darting runs from the midfield.

16′ : Pakistan on the attack as Amrinder Singh comes out of his area. Joyner Monte Lourencx with a decisive interception in the D .

14′ : Sunil Chettri  tries to make a positive impact on the game now.

12′ : Robin sets it up for Pronoy Halder who shoots from outside the ox but is a bit wide and off target. But a good attempt nonetheless.

10′ : So the first ten minutes belong to Pakistan but have they over committed here. Its a long way to go still. Little bit rusty India but now should settle down quickly.

8′ : Narayn Das with a through ball to Robin Singh but is caught in an offside trap. Another attempt by Robin with a one on one situation now but Mehmood Khan is fouled by the lanky forward.

6′ : Scrappy start by India as the ball is very much in India’s half.

4′ : Faisal Iqbal on the right wing tries to penetrate into the box and earns a corner for Pakistan

2′ : India playing with a 4-4-1-1 formation as the experienced duo of Sunil and Robin are upfront. Meanwhile India’s Nabdar Rao Dessai is on the ground with a harsh tackle.

0′ : Pakistan in all whites begin from left to right whereas the Indian Under 23 lads are in thier all blue outfits

STARING LINEUPS

India : 2 Pritam Kotal 4 Sandesh Jhingan 5 Narayan Das 9 Robin Singh 10 Francisco Fernandes 11 Sunil Chhetri 16 Amrinder Singh 20 Lalrindika Ralte 21 Pronoy Halder 29 Joyner Monte Lourenco 30 Nabdar Rao Dessai

Pakistan : 3 Muhammad Ahmed 4 Muhammad Bilal 6 Muhammad Riaz 7 Bilawal Rehman 8 Mehmood Khan 9 Abdul Salam 10 Kaleem Ullah 13 Ahsanullah 17  S Hussain 22 M Hussain 23 Faizal Iqbal